Grand Declaration of War

Season of Mist
Release date
11 Nov 2012
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 A Grand Declaration of War 4:14 22,635
2 In the Lies Where Upon You Lay 4:33 21,552
3 A Time to Die 1:55 21,730
4 View from Nihil 3:16 7,670
5 Untitled (2) 1:16 9
6 Untitles 0:33 74
7 A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun 4:27 2,941
8 Crystalized Pain In Deconstruction 4:09 13,884
9 Completion In Science of Agony 9:44 7,391
10 To Daimonion 3:26 6,667
11 Untitled (3) 4:52 7
12 Untitled (4) 0:07 3
13 Untitled (5) 2:14 6

About this album’s tracklist is incorrect; this is the correct list:

1. A Grand Declaration of War - 4:14
2. In the Lies Where Upon You Lay - 5:59
3. A Time to Die - 1:48
4. View From Nihil (Part I of II) - 3:04
5. View From Nihil (Part II of II) - 1:17
6. A Bloodsword And A Colder Sun (Part I of II) - 0:34
7. A Bloodsword And A Colder Sun (Part II of II) - 4:27
8. Crystallized Pain in Deconstruction - 4:10
9. Completion In Science Of Agony (Part I of II) - 9:44
10. To Daimonion (Part I of III) - 3:26
11. To Daimonion (Part II of III) - 4:53

12. To Daimonion (Part III of III) - 0:07
13. Completion in science of agony (Part II of II) - 2:14

Additionally, initial pressings of the album contain a hidden track in the pregap before “A Grand Declaration of War” (accessible by rewinding one’s CD player from the beginning of the album) which consists of “Completion in Science of Agony (Part II of II)” backmasked.

The album is considered a sequel to Wolf’s Lair Abyss, with tracks 1 through 5 being labelled “Part II” and tracks 6 through 13 being labelled “Part III - Il Principe”.


# Maniac (Sven Erik Kristiansen) - Vocals
# Blasphemer (Rune Eriksen) - Guitar
# Necrobutcher (Jørn Stubberud) - Bass
# Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg) - Drums


# Anders Odden - Co-writing and programming of “A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun”
# Øyvind Hægeland - Vocal Collaboration on “Completion in Science of Agony”
# Tore Ylwizaker - Samples and Noise construction on “Completion in Science of Agony”

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  • gholocaust

    The best album of mayhem

    18 Jan 12:55am Reply
  • Gerzhan

    Listened to it for the first time today. A strange one here. Not bad, but strange. And sadly boring to me.

    13 Jan 6:47pm Reply
  • HyenaWarrior

    Amazing record. [4] One of the most underrated albums, and I think it has a "story" over the tracks, so I rather listen the whole album as one than the tracks separadetely.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MisanthropyGod

    Mayhem's absolute worst.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    Amazing album that was way ahead of its time.

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • AndrewYNWA

    Amazing record. [3]

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • panoskoni

    Νο band will ever be able to create a second Grand Declaration of War.Totally unique.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • aphoticapathy

    Amazing record. [2]

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • CarlosSatanas

    V I agree 100%

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Greg44

    It's so underrated, because the kvlt kiddies don't think it's raw and kvlt enough... In my opinion, this could be their second best, after Ordo Ad Chao. I think De Mysteriis is overrated, well yes it helped shaping the genre to what it is today, but I think there are better records of that time... Mayhem playing more "technical" is way better.

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
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    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • TheMsGrunge

    This cover always confusing me. It takes time to find a dove, instead i see some kind of ghost. [2]

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Metallimaster

    Always dug this album, underrated record.

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Goatsemen

    Death metal much?

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • monisiowaty

    great cover

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Dyomaeth

    Amazing record.

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    I thought this was supposed to be bad

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Girugamesshu

    Yeah this is fucking awesome, underrated as shit.

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mikeomikey

    I agree with Cacophonism about the album starting to get recognition i mean i won't lie a hated this album when i first heard it i thought it was pure SHIT but after awhile it can really grow on you when you see it for what it really is

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Cacophonism

    I knew this one was ahead of it's time when I first heard it in 2003, only 3 years after it's release. At the time everyone was still getting high off of hating this album, and now over a decade after it's release, it's just starting to get the recognition it deserves. Half of you on this shoutbox still hate the album. Give it ten MORE years for your slow minds to grow up and catch up... if it doesn't happen, just stick hot pokers in your ears because I don't want you to be able to hear any music to falsely judge it in the future. In short: THE MOST UNDERRATED black metal album ever recorded, simply because after all this time it's still misunderstood. Lastly, to the Blasphemer detractors who like to perpetuate the illusion that Euronymous was a better song writer... please listen to your coveted De Mysteriis (great album, not knockin it!) and then to the Grymyrk demo by Thorns... make sense now? Attila and Varg weren't the only ones not credited on that release =) u mad?

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
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